Poets Express Views against War in Iraq Today

Posted: February 26, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until March 19

By Greg Guenthner

Members of George Mason’s poetry faculty take part in “Poetry in Time of War: Poets against the War” today from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at George’s Restaurant in the Johnson Center. Sponsored by Mason Students for Peace and Justice, the event is free and open to the public.

Featured readers include George Mason English professors Jennifer Atkinson, Carolyn Forche, Eric Pankey, and Susan Tichy; George Mason Spanish professor Rei Berroa; Aerial Magazine editor and poet Rod Smith; and Mohammed Askary, James Madison University professor of philosophy and religion.

Atkinson has authored two collections of poetry. Her most recent work, The Drowned City, won the Morse Poetry Prize in 2000. Both her poetry and nonfiction have won Pushcart Prizes. Askary will read poems written by poets from Iraq in Arabic and Kurdish. He is an Iraqi Kurd with a master’s degree in Islamic literature.

A poet, translator, and activist, Forche is the editor of Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness, and has worked as a human rights activist. Forche’s books and poems have won numerous awards, she has held three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and she has received a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship

Pankey has authored five collections of poems, the first of which won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Tichy has written two volumes of poetry and was the wife of a Vietnam War veteran. She is the winner of a Pushcart Prize for Poetry and has received the Eugene M. Kayden Award for Poetry.

Mason Students for Peace and Justice is a newly formed student organization at George Mason University that is “dedicated to building community around issues of peace and justice and opposing the war in Iraq.” For more information, contact Christi Kramer at ckramer@gmu.edu.

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